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Brian Ledley Posted by: Brian Ledley 2 months ago

In response to the pressing need for comprehensive support in tackling substance abuse issues within the community, our Medical and Surgical Group’s Integrated Behavioral Health Program has announced the addition of addiction therapy into its service lineup.

This strategic expansion marks a significant step forward in addressing the complex challenges posed by addiction locally. With substance abuse continuing to exact a heavy toll on individuals and families across the region, the decision to incorporate addiction therapy underscores the clinic’s commitment to fostering wellness and recovery. By providing specialized counseling and support tailored to the needs of individuals grappling with addiction, the clinic seeks to empower clients on their journey towards sobriety and improved well-being.

The hospital has partnered with Tim Gearhart, LCSW, LCAC, a licensed-clinical social worker and addiction counselor. Over the last five years, Tim has grown a small private practice in Winamac working with individuals who are vulnerable to legal trouble as a result of substance abuse disorders, as well as those who are already involved in the criminal justice system due to substance abuse disorders. “The addition of addiction therapy to the clinic’s offerings reflects a growing recognition within the healthcare community of the need for more robust support systems for individuals struggling with addiction,” said Gearhart.

Catherine Dywan, LCSW, the Integrated Behavioral Health Program director emphasized the importance of addressing addiction within a healthcare setting that prioritizes both physical and mental health. “We recognize that addiction is a multifaceted issue that requires a comprehensive approach. By integrating addiction therapy into our services, we aim to address not only the immediate challenges of substance abuse but also the underlying factors that contribute to addictive behaviors.”

As the Medical and Surgical Group moves forward with its expanded service lineup, the hope is that their efforts will not only provide much-needed support to individuals in crisis but also contribute to a broader shift towards a more compassionate and effective approach to addressing addiction within the community.

If you or a loved one is in need of services, please call (574) 946-2194 and press option #4. A referral of services from a PMH provider is required to schedule an appointment.

For more information about PMH’s Integrated Behavioral Health Program, please click on the link below.